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BHUMEHL SS20 Quarantined Collection // paper but make it fashion

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe A perfect representation of the above mentioned quote is Gabriel Mehlomakhulu’s BHUMEHL SS20 Quarantined Paper Collection creation. South Africa’s ongoing lockdown has not only restricted the movement of persons – but with it also came the temporary closure of many businesses…

IAMISIGO AW20 ‘Chasing Evil’ | decolonial materiality & Histories of exploitation

There is a part of human History’s pages “impelled by feelings that [are] primal yet paradoxically wholly impersonal. Feelings of contempt born of inchoate, unacknowledged fear — civilisation’s fear of nature, men’s fear of women, power’s fear of powerlessness. Man’s subliminal urge to destroy what he could neither subdue nor deify” Roy. Ushered in through…

The Anti-Fashion Movement | confronting form and silhouette

“I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” ― Yohji Yamamoto Some would say, that fashion is most notably recognised for its exaggerated silhouettes, patterns and hues, at least that most mainstream fashion is. Some would say, that fashion elicits dramatic sentiments and the…

Thabo Kopele: merging minimalist menswear designer and SAFW Scouting Menswear competition finalist

Annually, SAFW (South African Fashion Week) sets out to give South Africa’s emerging menswear designers who posses a promising talent, the opportunity and platform to break into the South African Fashion Industry through its SAFW Scouting Menswear Competition. Amongst those chosen as this year’s finalists is young menswear designer Thabo Kopele; who is well on…

Ethereal Vision | Grete Moeller X Sarah Hugo Hamman

“Ethereal” adjective ether·​re·​al | \ i-ˈthir-ē-əl  \ Definition of ethereal 1a: of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b: CELESTIAL, HEAVENLY c: UNWORLDLY, SPIRITUAL 2a: lacking material substance : IMMATERIAL, INTANGIBLE b: marked by unusual delicacy or refinement c: suggesting the heavens or heaven True collaboration is the intertwining and weaving of perspectives; creating visions through individual, conscious contact with the etheric realms; what one being harnesses is channeled…

A look at protective fashion, from South Africa to Asia

The world of fashion never ceases to draw inspiration from, and to reflect the global zeitgeist in its creations. Due to its function as a medium of expression, it is no surprise that in these trying and uncertain times;  conceptual and aesthetics ideas that centre safety and protection are permeating throughout the fashion psycho-sphere amongst…

VIVIERS’ first birthday editorial: MIRRORING THE ABOVE

“Streaming and projections, soon shine light on their reflections in the mirror, their inner dialogue and contemplation in the windows, slowly they becomes aware of the eerie silence within lockdown.  Suddenly they are aware that they can no longer go out. They are left to observe the virtuous silence within. They are moving inwards, reflecting…

Creativity beyond consumption: FKA Twigs X Lyle XOX

The ubiquity with which FKA Twigs governs our culture is of a higher, surreal nature. I have been a longstanding admirer of her chameleon-like, adaptive ability to transform herself from both the artist into the canvas – the musician into the song itself, and to be both the performer and the epicentre of the performance….

Weaving Streetwear | Good Good Good X Benjamin Nivison

The 90s saw the advent of streetwear rising to the attention of the elusive “fashion” crowds around the planet. A blend of minimalism fused with grunge marked the decade – with Marc Jacobs being fired from Ellis Perry for sending models down the runway in plaid prints and Dr Martens. Shawn Stüssy’s scripted logo, originally…